Just finished this cuff. I have made some pieces like this in the past, but felt there were some technical kinks that I had to work out. This one wraps around the wrist 1 1/2 times, and the frame is made with a heavier gauge sterling silver wire than in the past. Rather than being joined by twisting the heavy gauge wire frame, I created a connector using silver with jade and glass beads. The tension between the beaded fabric and the connector works just right. One interesting fact about this cuff- I worked on the patterned peyote band while at various shows between Baltimore, Texas and Kansas City. It’s a travelogue kind of piece, with postage stamp vignettes from each city.

Taking the cube shape into the next piece- eliminating color and pattern and focusing only on form and texture. These are very light- about 1.25″ below the ear wire. With sterling silver accents.

I can get a little obsessed with beads. I knew I wanted to come up with a recipe for a cube beaded bead but I didn’t know it would take days to get it right.  I made patterns using pencil and paper, then I switched to peyote stitch graph paper. Nothing worked as well as trial and error, trial and error. By the tenth bead I felt I had finally gotten what I wanted.  The colors on this particular piece are inconsequential, which is very unusual for me. I love using the form of a cube. It has the feeling of sequencing that I love and reminds me of wooden blocks and alphabet cubes that we had as children.  The hematite discs felt neutral and felt right with the complicated nature of the beads. Who thought I would work out problems involving math and spacial relationships at this point in my life?

Maybe it’s the wet spring we have had. Maybe it’s the timing or the temperature. But this year is simply splendid for our irises. They are so velvety, saturated in color and unexpected among the spring green grasses and overgrowth.

I created this cuff, based on floral patterns of the Arts & Crafts English master, William Morris about 8 years ago. It was one of the first cuffs I made, and while I love it, there are some technical issues that I learned to conquer through experience over these last 8 years.  I kept this cuff for myself and wear it constantly. I love it. At my last show, in Kansas City, many people asked if I would re-create something like it for them and I left the show with two orders for the same piece. One was for a very tiny woman who wanted it narrower and without the border, but including the fringe.  The other order was for a close replica of the original. This weekend I started to work on them, and while I was not looking forward to cloning the same piece, I still have been enjoying the process of making this cuff. As you can see, the process starts with a drawing directly on fabric which I have dyed so it will not show under the embroidery. Next I bead, very closely, many many seed beads, size 11 and 15 to “fill in” and create a rhythmic pattern. After this step, I bind and finish the edges, backing the cuff in Ultrasuede. Later, I will add ribbons of peyote borders, or fringe (or both),to complete the piece.

Beautiful vase of assorted blooms featured each week at my gym, Rallysport in Boulder. I am so lucky to see a different arrangement each week as I come in to work out. They are designed by “Fiori” florists in Boulder

I was asked to create a new Floral cuff for Artful Home.  I had become a little burnt out with making my collection of “Fiori” cuffs over the last few years, and I needed a break. They take a huge amount of time and design planning. Every little element is hand beaded and created one motif at a time. Each one is a labor of love, truly – and its hard for me to recreate the same piece more than once, let along 5-15 times. The floral pieces just sort of organically grow as I’m working and I can never be sure how they will turn out. They’re not production pieces, and therefore the conundrum presents itself when people want to buy one  just like the one they see in the catalog or at the show. Such is the quandary of one-of-a-kind pieces and making a living!

I decided to design a piece that would be based more on Folk Art and embroidery rather than “botanically correct” flowers. There is more of a graphic design element to this cuff – like floral printed fabric, or embroidery from Scandinavia, Russia or Hungary- which I find fascinating, inspiring and cheerful. While making it, I had a sense of adventure and whimsy that I had lost a bit of in my Fiori cuffs.

Here is the sketch of the cuff, and the finished product. It’s backed with a delicious chartreuse Ultra suede, and is very light and comfortable.

sketch for folk floral cuf web